What to do if your ignition key won’t turn

Some cars from earlier models still have an ignition key. Though it’s perfectly fine to still have an ignition key, some people find it a hassle already. Since apart from the stress of having to fumble for your keys, there are some instances when it won’t even turn. As such, some people really believe that one of the most important features when buying a new car is that it has a start/stop button. However, if you’re still one of those who have a car with keys, then you just need to put in a bit more effort. In fact, you also need to keep in mind a few things when your key won’t turn. Try these 3 tried and tested recommendations!

 

Transmission is not in park or neutral


Remember that you need to have your car in park or neutral in order to turn the ignition key. This might be a hassle for some but keep in mind that it is actually a safety feature for most automatic vehicles.

 

Locked steering column

Just turn the steering wheel left and right or even back and forth to solve this problem.

 

Stuck ignition lock

Your car might be dirty already. Insert your keys in and out to remove any sediments or debris in order to turn the ignition key. Use a small dose of electrical cleaner in the key hole. If the ignition cylinder has seized, spraying a small amount of electrical cleaner into the key hole may lubricate it enough to turn.

 

 Wiggle your wheel

Wiggle the wheel back and forth while turning the key. In order to unlock the steering wheel, insert the key into the ignition and attempt to turn it. While applying light pressure to the key, wiggle the steering wheel back and forth until the lock disengages. This will allow the steering wheel and the key to turn.

  • The key will be able to turn freely in the ignition once the steering wheel is unlocked.
  • If the key still fails to turn after the wheel is unlocked, there is another issue.

 

Inspect your keys for any damages

Examine the key for any damages. If your key won’t turn when you insert it into the ignition, it may be because the key has been damaged and no longer engages the correct pins to the depth necessary to spin the cylinder.

  • If the key is damaged, it will have to be replaced.
  • Some keys require programming from the dealership when replaced. Refer to your owner’s manual to check the requirements for your vehicle.

 

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